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"Ever since I was young, I have had a devotion to dogs and I have forged a way to ensure they are in my life, everyday."
Yorkshire lass and Mama to many with 2 and 4 legs.
"I would love you to follow my social media, Verity Hardcastle on Instagram and Facebook, as I regularly post about life, work and, well, dogs, naturally."
Master Groomer, Feature Presenter, TV Judge, Podcaster, Author, plus Grooming Judge, Exhibitor, Competition Groomer and Ambassador for Heiniger.
A Born Dog Lover
From the moment I can remember I have adored all animals, dogs in particular, its been inherited from both sides of my family who adored dogs of all sizes. My paternal family keeping, training and breeding gundogs and my maternal side of the family favouring Norfolks, Dalmatians and even Tibetan Terriers.
Born and raised in North Yorkshire where I still live with my young family and menagerie of Poodles.
My first show dog was a Dobermann called Angel and age 19 I was thrown into the mesmerising world of breed shows, I made a decision there and that that I needed to envelope myself in dogs and make it my career. Do what you love and you will never work another day again.
I thought dog grooming would satisfy my creative eye and passion for dogs, I threw myself into the profession whole heartedly, I trained hard, studied endlessly and travelled a lot, visiting amazing talented groomers from all over the UK to further my skills.
I completed my City and guilds level 3 Intro, then my diploma and many years later I completed my Highers qualification and became a Master Groomer and member of the Guild of Master Groomers.
Alongside showing dogs I am a competition groomer at championship level, I have travelled all over the UK winning many 1st placings, even taking a 1st in the USA. I compete with Poodles mostly but also with Lhasa Apso's, Tibetan Terriers, Bichons and several spiral/creative trims. I have also won several business industry awards including two times winner of the national grooming salon of the year.
Proud ambassador for Heiniger, I adore teaching, demoing and passing on the knowledge I have gathered, be it judging grooming competitions, training groomers or speaking at shows and conferences.
I am always looking for a new challenge, as a groomer you never ever stop learning and honing your craft.
I am also lucky enough to work in television, I love a bit of Live tv as a regular for Channel 4's Stephs Packed Lunch, they are super fun days, or filming for Blue Peter or Crufts. I was cast by team Pooch Perfect, a BBC1 prime time commissioned show to be their Judge on a brand new reality grooming competition, what an incredible experience that I loved every minute of, its shear delight. I continue to embrace these new opportunities with the most enthusiasm.
Don't forget to listen to my weekly Podcast- Pod On the Dog and check out my socials for my Sunday Schools.